Patents Assigned to Kohler Co.
  • Patent number: 10327598
    Abstract: An elongated member for a shower door assembly includes a protrusion configured to be received within a channel of a header to slidably couple the elongated member to the header. The elongated member is configured to be slid within the channel between a first position to allow for a shower door to be installed onto, or removed from, the header and a second position to substantially impede upright movement of the shower door when the shower door is moved along the header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Matthew Ball, Mark Johnson
  • Patent number: 10323597
    Abstract: A system includes an electronic fuel injection system of an engine, the electronic fuel injection system including an electronic governor control unit for controlling various functions of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Martin L. Radue, Michael Kleczewski
  • Patent number: 10295067
    Abstract: A retainer for retaining a check valve to a valve body includes a continuous body, a first group of projections, and a second group of projections. The continuous body is configured to engage a slot of the valve body to secure the continuous body to the valve body. The continuous body is further configured to include an opening configured to receive a portion of the check valve. The first group of projections is configured to extend radially from the continuous body. The first group of projections is further configured to contact the valve body to limit rotation of the retainer relative to the valve body. The second group of projections is configured to extend axially from the continuous body. The second group of projections is further configured to engage at least one of the check valve and the valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Steven D. Williams
  • Patent number: 10281049
    Abstract: A fluid control valve includes a body, a stem, a moveable disc, a stationary disc, and a valve seal. The stem is rotatably coupled to the body, and is configured to freely rotate three hundred and sixty degrees relative to the body. The moveable disc is coupled to the stem, and is configured to rotate with the stem. The stationary disc is coupled to the body below the moveable disc. The valve seal is coupled to the body below the stationary disc, and is reversible such that the valve seal is configured to be coupled to the body in at least two different orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: David H. Ritter, Brian S. Core
  • Patent number: 10281507
    Abstract: Customized hardware provides a generator sizing interface to the user for selecting individual loads that may be present at a particular facility of building. The hardware and/or generator sizing interface receives one or more load selections from the user and, in response, generates a single line diagram or a one line diagram for power flow analysis based on the load selections. The hardware and/or generator sizing interface accesses a database for power requirements for the load selections of the diagram. A List of potential generators or an optimal generator is identified based at least in part on the power requirement of the load selections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: David Schuh, James Kukla
  • Patent number: 10273876
    Abstract: An alternator includes an exciter field device generating an exciter magnetic field in a first air gap, an exciter armature device configured to rotate with respect to the exciter magnetic field and impart a first voltage in a first set of coils at the first air gap, a main stator device including a second set of coils, and a rotor field device configured to be energized by the first current in the first set of coils and generate a main magnetic field that imparts a second voltage on the main stator device at a second air gap. The main stator device and the exciter field device lie in on a common plane normal to an axis of rotation, and the exciter armature device is inwardly spaced from the exciter field device, main stator device, and the rotor field device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Isaac S. Frampton, Adam Larson, Frank C. Formas
  • Patent number: 10273669
    Abstract: A method for controlling touchless operation of a faucet that includes turning on a sensor of the faucet in response to receiving a signal that a mechanical valve of the faucet is in an open position, wherein the mechanical valve is movable between the open position and a closed position; shifting an electronic valve of the faucet from a closed state, in which a fluid does not flow from the faucet, to an open state, in which the fluid is configured to flow from the faucet, in response to a first interruption of a field of detection of the sensor; and shifting the electronic valve to the closed state in response to a second interruption of the field of detection of the sensor, so long as the second interruption follows the first interruption within a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, David E. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10271710
    Abstract: A selectively deployable drying rack with selectively reconfigurable components is disclosed. The drying rack includes a base and an upper rim. The drying rack further includes linkages to move the upper rim away from and toward the base and a first removable tray and a second removable tray that are configured to fit in the base. The second removable tray may include a utensil compartment with holes, an outer wall, and an inner wall. The upper rim may include a utensil band and/or a wine glass rack. The utensil band may be moveable between a stowed position and an extended position when the utensil band is in use. The wine glass rack may be moveable between a storage position and an upright position when the utensil band is in use. The drying rack may include a stand wire to elevate the base of the drying rack above a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Matthew R. Wegner
  • Patent number: 10273666
    Abstract: A method for installing a trim system for a fluid control valve mounted behind a wall and configured for use with a kitchen or bath fixture. The method includes positioning a locating ring against a trim assembly, where the locating ring has an adhesive layer on a rear surface thereof; coupling the trim assembly to the fluid control valve; pushing the trim assembly and locating ring toward the wall to bond the adhesive layer of the locating ring to the wall; removing the trim assembly from the locating ring; coupling a mounting bracket to the locating ring; securing the mounting bracket to the wall; and coupling the trim assembly to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John M. Wilson, Erich D. Slothower, Keegan J. Ford, Steven Aykens, James T. Wanasek
  • Patent number: 10277229
    Abstract: A generator system includes at least one generator, at least one generator controller, and a power bus. The power bus transmits power to a load circuit. Data communications are also transmitted by the power bus. In one example, multiple generator controllers exchange messages over the power bus. In another example, one or more generator controllers exchange messages with a central controller over the power bus. The messages may include a status for the generators, output values for the generators, or commands for the generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Isaac S. Frampton
  • Patent number: 10265711
    Abstract: A spray head assembly comprising a body configured to receive a supply of fluid and a face in fluid communication with the body, the face having a plurality of nozzles arranged in a non-linear pattern for directing the fluid from the spray head, wherein the plurality of nozzles are configured to direct the fluid flow to form a wedge-shaped spray pattern between the face and a focal region at a focal length from the spray head, and wherein the spray pattern forms a linear spray arrangement in the focal region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Perry Erickson
  • Patent number: 10260653
    Abstract: A faucet that includes a mechanical valve having an outer member and a valve member, wherein the valve member is configured to move radially relative to the outer member between an open position and a closed position; a ring disposed at least partially around the outer member and configured to move in response to the movement of the valve member; and a switch configured to open and close in response to the movement of the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: John C. Esche, Chad J. Cochart
  • Patent number: 10260221
    Abstract: A toilet that includes a tank having a bottom and an outlet; a bowl having an inlet and three holes; a valve fluidly connecting the outlet and the inlet, the valve comprising a threaded valve body extending through the outlet; a rigid mounting bracket located adjacent to the bottom and comprising an aperture, which receives the valve body, and three openings spaced apart around the aperture in a triangular arrangement; a valve nut threaded to the valve body to clamp the mounting bracket between the valve nut and the bottom; a flexible gasket for sealing the valve body and the inlet, wherein the gasket contacts the valve body and the valve nut; and three fasteners, each fastener engaging one of the three openings and one of the three holes, wherein each fastener is located external to the tank and does not pass through the bottom of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Peter William Swart, John F. Emmerling, Scott W. Stonecipher, Billy Jack Ahola
  • Patent number: D846084
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Brian M. Kaule, Anna-Pia K. Slothower
  • Patent number: D846715
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Bowen, Thomas E. Lilly
  • Patent number: D847307
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Dongha Lee, Rafael A. Rexach, Drew Johnson
  • Patent number: D847312
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Bowen, Thomas E. Lilly
  • Patent number: D849205
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Rafael A. Rexach, Tory L. Hayner, Drew Johnson
  • Patent number: D849207
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: William C. McKeone, Jill E. Hundley
  • Patent number: D852326
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: William C. McKeone